Despite recent progress, Turkey still lacks ambition in energy transition

Turkey tripled its share of wind and solar in power generation between 2015 and 2021. At 13.6% share in 2021, this places Turkey in fifth place for wind and solar among G20 countries. On the other hand, Turkey did not deploy enough renewables to meet its power demand surge in the last ten years.

The country generates around a quarter of its power through hydro under normal conditions, but in dry seasons this declines to less than one fifth and causes a sharp increase in fossil gas generation. 

Coal accounts for a third of total power generation. Despite Turkey’s 2053 carbon neutrality target, there is no coal phase-out date or commitment not to build new coal in place yet.

Last updated: March 2022

Progress towards clean power targets